One of the most hated and misunderstood pests known to the world is the bed bug (Cimex lectularius). How many of us fell asleep to sleep at night as children with the parting rhyme of our guardians in our ears “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”?
Bed Bugs probably started to predate on people at around the period we moved into caves, the bat bugs Cimex pilosellus and C pipistrella primarily fed on bats and it is a fair chance that bat feeding species of bugs evolved to feed on human blood when our ancestors started living in bat infested caves.
Up to the production of DDT in the early 20th century bed bugs were commonplace guests in most poor quality homes.
The later years of the 20th century saw pest control companies having very few bed bug problems indeed, their presence being largely restricted to low quality holiday hotels and student accomadation etc.
Most people mistake dust mites, which aren’t visible to the naked, with bed bugs which deinitely.
Adult bedbugs are reddish brown, about a few milemetres in size and very swollen after dining on human blood.
Bed bugs regularly feed on a target’s blood every few days, coming out in the hours before dawn and homing in on their target by sniffing the exhaled CO2 from human breath and when close in on their target, they sense infra red heat.
Without a suitable human host to feed on they can lie in a period of dormancy for periods of up to a year or more.
Often the first sign of a bed bug infestation are spots of blood on sheets and on the corners of mattresses and many people can react badly to their bites.
The early part of this century has seen bed bug numbers explode everywhere on the planet, the easy availability of world travel and economic migration have both been blamed for the resurgence.
What is sure is that that are now making a real comeback not only in low quality housing but top class hotels, schools and even hospitals.
One London borough cited a doubling of bed bug reports every year from 1995 to 2001.
|One night stay in an infested hotel is all it takes, they catch a ride in your suitcases or bags. Pest control companies are also now reporting cases of transport related bed bug infestations on transport of all kinds so a simple journey to work on an infested tube or train can be sufficient to bring these bugs to your own home.
They are an difficult pest to eradicate as contrary to popular belief they do not just live in beds. They hide in any nook and cranny suitably close to a sleeping target, beds, electrical sockets, televisions, bed side telephones etc and dealing with them is both difficult and time consuming.
They have even been discovered found living under the toe-nails of infirm people and in the creases of flesh on very overweight people.
They are not a pest that can be dealt with by an amateur and a pest control professional will almost certainly be needed.
Telephone Harrier Pest Prevention on 01257 230637